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29 03, 2016

Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

By | March 29th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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the girl from everywhere book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Warning: The Girl From Everywhere will have you planning an impromptu trip to Hawaii (it also may give you an overwhelming desire to collect maps)!

In her debut offering, Heidi Heilig introduces us to Nix—a girl who has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, Temptation. Taking a map, adding a dash of belief they steer their ship through a map. When they come out of fog they are transported to the world on the map. With their ship and collection of various maps, they sail across the centuries, the world, and imagination. Nix reads the maps and her father navigates the ship, however, there is one thing that he wants that could put his daughter’s entire existence in jeopardy. Using a Honolulu map from 1868, Nix’s father wants to sail

12 12, 2015

Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

By | December 12th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Mysteries, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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velvet undercover book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Keep your friends close…and your enemies closer. That is what Samantha, the main character in Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown, must do. Sam, a seventeen year old member of the Girl Guides, is suddenly recruited to join a secret, all-women spy organization known as La Dame Blanche. Her mission? To extract a British spy—Velvet—who is undercover in the court of Kaiser Wilhelm. The catch? No one knows who Velvet is except for Velvet’s handler, and said handler has gone missing.

As Sam—now known as Sophia Thérèse—tries to blend in at the German palace by working in the schoolroom as a governess to the children staying at the royal palace, she must not only uncover Velvet’s identity, but must also keep herself out of danger while doing so. On top of all of this, she

3 12, 2015

Blog Tour: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

By | December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Christian Literature & Fiction, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Historical, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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the golden braid book coverPlease join Melanie Dickerson, author of The Golden Braid, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Holly Madison

This was the first book I have read by Melanie Dickerson and for the most part, I found it to be a delightful and charming read.

As the title would hint, this is a book about Rapunzel, but unlike any other Rapunzel story I have come across. Rather than being set in a fantasy world full of magic and evil witches, this feels much more like something that could have happened in the real world (with a distinct German feel to the setting).

It centers around the 19+ year old Rapunzel with ankle-length hair, and she is more independent thinking than I imagine her fairy tale counterpart to be. While she does have a mind of her own, she is

25 05, 2015

Review: The World Within by Jane Eagland

By | May 25th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Young Adult|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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world within book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Emily Bronte is a young woman who loves her sisters Charlotte and Anne and her brother Branwell. Not comfortable in the company of those outside of her family, Emily retreats to the moors that surround her home of Haworth, and the worlds and characters she creates in her poems and short stories. But when her father becomes ill, and her sister Charlotte must leave home to go to school, Emily’s world suddenly changes. Will she be forced to leave the home she loves, and the stories she loves, in order to provide for herself?

In Jane Eagland’s The World Within: A Novel of Emily Brontë, Emily is depicted as a painfully shy and withdrawn young lady. While she clearly loves her siblings, she is often driven to extreme jealousy and sometimes cruelty when she feels as

19 12, 2014

Blog Tour: Libby Morgan by Leah Zieber

By | December 19th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Young Adult|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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libby morgan book coverPlease join Leah Zieber, author of Libby Morgan: Reunion, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Today I have a review for a young adult book, Libby Morgan: Reunion. This isn’t my normal reading genre but as I have a teenager in the house, this looked to be right up her alley. So, I will give my thoughts but also include feedback from my daughter since she is the prime audience for this book. And believe me, she loved it and finished it in a day! More precisely, she devoured the book in about four hours. As you can tell, she is an avid reader.

True to the title, the story centers around a young lady named Libby Morgan. She is the twelve year old daughter of a family of seamstresses.

4 08, 2014

Review: 84 Ribbons by Paddy Eger

By | August 4th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, Coming of Age, Historical, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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12225201-84-ribbons-debut-novel-by-award-winning-author-paddy-egerReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Marta Selbryth is on her way to becoming a ballerina. At only seventeen in 1957, Marta auditions to join the prestigious Intermountain Ballet Company in Billings, Montana and gets accepted. The future seems bright, yet uncertain, for Marta who has never been on her own before and she must find a way to make it as an adult and also as a dancer. Marta is smart, quirky and likeable which makes 84 Ribbons enjoyable from the start.

Marta decides to save her ribbons from her pointe shoes and decides that once she collects 84 ribbon from her old shoes, she will be ready to dance her first solo. With this goal in mind, she tries to get settled in Billings. As time goes on, Marta learns that there is a dark side to the world of dance that extends far beyond

10 03, 2014

Review: Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

By | March 10th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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18039484Reviewed by Rachel Mann

The advance reader’s copy of Manor of Secrets seems marketed as Downton Abbey lite, or Downton Abbey for a tween audience. The front cover’s close-up of an elegant girl—she looks rather like Downton’s Lady Sybil—and the back cover’s portrait of a servant girl in the distance seem to promise upstairs and downstairs, propriety and scandal, and a crossing of class barriers.

The book does deliver on the elements suggested on the cover. Lady Charlotte, the girl shown on the front, is the upstairs heroine who’s unfulfilled by society and feeling unrequited given her status and privilege. Janie, the downstairs kitchen maid, lacks Charlotte’s opportunities, but has other freedoms (and maternal love) to balance things out. Both know their place, and both struggle with it. Both are longing for something more.

Potential love interests abound: Lawrence, the too-handsome scoundrel of a

19 08, 2013

Review: Women Aviators by Karen Bush Gibson

By | August 19th, 2013|Categories: Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Historical, Young Adult|Tags: , |1 Comment

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Cover high resReviewed by Sara Drake

Ms. Gibson presents the stories of 26 amazing women who broke records and pushed the envelope of aviation. Familiar names such as Amelia Earhart feature alongside lesser known women such as Valentina Grizodubova and Violet Cowden. Each chapter highlights the adventures and accomplishments of a different woman. Along the way, the reader learns about the history of flight and the participation of women in many notable world events.

I grew up with two parents who flew a small plane. As a result, I spent many happy childhood hours at the local airport. So, I come by my love of flying and airplanes genetically! I also have a longstanding interest in books about “uppity” women, those brave individuals who challenged the gender bias and succeeded. This book wrapped those two interests together in a very delightful package.

Despite

10 08, 2013

Review: Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory

By | August 10th, 2013|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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17912512Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Since combining traveling parties, Luca and Isolde become more and more attracted to each other as they continue their journey to unravel the mysteries throughout all of known Christendom. Their travels are soon delayed by the uprising of an intense religious crusade that may upset the balance of the civilized world. To Luca’s utmost surprise, the crusade is led by a boy even younger than himself and the boy appears to have gained influence over countless children.

As Luca and Isolde find themselves longing to join what appears to be the most holy of crusades led by a boy who truly speaks with God, they are quite rudely interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Death. Now Luca must investigate all manner of things. Did God truly speak to the young crusade leader, was it truly a sign of the

9 08, 2013

Review: Changeling by Philippa Gregory

By | August 9th, 2013|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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changeling-by-philippa-gregoryReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Luca Vero is a young seventeen year old boy who, most unfortunately, has been expelled from his monastery on accusations of heresy against the church. He is almost immediately recruited by a mysterious stranger based upon his heretic trait of asking questions and seeking reason behind all the things the church teaches. The stranger requests that Luca follow sealed orders and set forth to seek out the fears of Christendom and determine once and for all, the truth of good and evil. Luca must determine if rumors and hoaxes are simply the fears of the simple minded or if they are truly signs of the end of days.

Meanwhile, Isolde, a seventeen year old Lady Abbess, has been trapped in her role at the nearby nunnery in an effort to prevent her from claiming her true inheritance upon her